Senior Defense Leaders Discuss the Changing Role of the Military in Latin America

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo August 18, 2016 nueva agenda? The 2016 South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) started on a different and, unfortunately, sad note on August 17th in Montevideo, Uruguay. A minute of silence was observed in honor of Uruguayan Air Force Captain Fernando Martín De Rebolledo and 2nd Lieutenant Gonzalo Correa, both of whom died a day prior in a tragic accident involving a military helicopter close to Montevideo’s Carrasco International Airport. Right after, Army General Nelson Eduardo Pintos González, Uruguayan Chief of Defense Staff, inaugurated the conference by explaining how the role of the military in his country has recently changed. “In 2015, the Uruguayan Military Policies for Defense established a more robust participation of our Armed Forces in activities such as disaster relief that benefit our population, since there’s no foreseen armed conflict among our regional nations. Of course, this can never interfere with the main and original role of our military, which is national defense.” U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command Commander (SOUTHCOM) followed his Uruguayan counterpart to address military and civilian leaders from eight other nations, as well as representatives from the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS), the Inter-American Defense College (IADC), and other institutions and authorities who were in Montevideo to discuss security and defense issues from August 16th – 18th. “Why is that role changing?” Adm. Tidd asked the audience in reference to the conference’s theme, Changing the Role of the Military in the Region. “To start with, I think we’d all agree that the global security environment is the most complex, volatile, and unpredictable in at least the last half-century – certainly longer than any of us have been on active service. We’re no longer simply dealing with conventional conflicts that displace millions of people and destabilize entire regions — we’re also facing complex, networked threats like transregional crime and violent extremism that transcend borders and boundaries,” he said. Both Adm. Tidd and Gen. Pintos agree that these challenges don’t just blur the lines between domestic security and defense — they transcend geographic borders, hemispheres, and domains. During their opening remarks, they mentioned that these challenges, especially transnational organized crime and humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts, require more than just multinational cooperation; they require a broader understanding of the complex global environment and demand adaptive and creative responses by re-conceptualized security forces. After their remarks, SOUTHDEC 2016 participants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and the United States walked across the street with Gen. Pintos and Adm. Tidd to the gravesite of Uruguayan national military hero and leader José Gervasio Artigas Arnal, considered the father of Uruguayan nationhood. Both leaders honored him with flowers, before the defense authorities went back to carry on with the conference. During the conference, participants exchanged ideas on the evolution of the role of militaries in maintaining international peace and stability under the United Nations mandate, the role of women in the military, the partner nations’ support to peacekeeping missions, and how to effectively run transregional threat networks for security missions in the future. Both Adm. Tidd and Gen. Pintos have previously stressed the importance of continuing cooperative partnerships to ensure the successful execution of future peacekeeping missions and to maintain stability throughout the region. SOUTHDEC has always had the objective of creating a place for military chiefs to discuss subjects that have a direct influence on the region, thereby achieving an increased level of understanding, friendship, and cooperation in the defense area. This year’s conference is no different.last_img read more

Cricket News Jasprit Bumrah Will Be Indebted To Virat Kohli For The Hat-Trick: Harbhajan Singh

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Harbhajan Singh was the first Indian bowler to take a Test hat-trick.Jasprit Bumrah got the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase.Hanuma Vihari scored his maiden century. New Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah created history on Saturday when he became the third Indian bowler after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan to take a hat-trick in Tests. Habrhajan had become the first Indian when he achieved the feat against Australia in Eden Gardens in 2001 while Irfan took the hat-trick in the first over of the Karachi Test against Pakistan in 2006. However, Bumrah almost did not get the hat-trick in Jamaica and it needed Virat Kohli’s help to achieve the feat. After getting rid of Darren Bravo and Shamarh Brooks, Bumrah rapped the pads of Roston Chase with a sharp inswinger and India appealed for an LBW. However, the umpire did not give it out and Virat Kohli took a review. Replays showed the ball was hitting leg stump and Bumrah had gotten the hat-trick.Speaking about Bumrah’s feat, Harbhajan Singh, who took the first hat-trick has said Bumrah will be indebted to Kohli in the same way like he was to Sadagoppan Ramesh during the Kolkata Test. Harbhajan trapped Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist LBW and he got the hat-trick when Shane Warne flicked a quicker ball to short leg and Ramesh took the catch.”This hat-trick belongs to Virat as much as it belongs to Bumrah. The bowler wasn’t convinced but the skipper had a gut feeling. What if Virat wouldn’t have gone for that DRS? It was a brilliant call by the skipper which complemented his magnificent effort,” Harbhajan said.The offspinner, who has taken over 400 wickets in Tests, opened up about the hat-trick. Also Read | England series gave me confidence to bowl outswingers: Jasprit Bumrah”I remember that I discussed with Dada (Sourav Ganguly) and we decided to keep it on stumps and try for a third leg before but Warne flicked it. Now to be honest, Ramesh wasn’t the most athletic of the guys in that team. Yet at forward short-leg, he pulled off that stunner with a less than split second reaction time. Whenever I have later met Ramesh, I told him, ‘buddy my hat-trick belongs to you’. That’s why I believe that some things happen that come together and such a beautiful thing happens. It was Ramesh’s brilliance then and it’s Virat’s conviction now. I have never seen Rahul so excited, jumping with joy. Perhaps, he also didn’t believe Ramesh can pull off such a catch,” Harbhajan said.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah becomes second-fastest Indian to 100 ODI wickets in World Cup clash vs Sri LankaHarbhajan, who has not played a Test for India since 2013, has said Bumrah’s exploits make him a blessing for the Indian cricket team. “Indian cricket is blessed to have a match winner like Bumrah. This hat-trick will only help his legend grow but even without that he is an incredible performer. I mean 5 wickets in 7 overs in last game and 6 wickets in 9 overs in this game. You can’t ask for more. He is a rare diamond. Look at Bumrah’s deliveries. The length and how it was tailing in. That’s pure skills,” Harbhajan said.center_img highlightslast_img read more

888 confirms Mark Summerfield as Audit Chair

first_img 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit Mark Summerfield – 888 HoldingsLondon-listed online gambling group 888 Holdings Plc has strengthened its governance advisory by confirming the appointment of Mark Summerfield as a new Non-Executive Director.An expert in the auditing and financial planning of large-scale enterprises, Summerfield is the former Partner and Global Head of Gaming for ‘big-4’ accountancy KPMG (2003-2017).During his executive tenure at KPMG, Summerfield further served as interim CFO of William Hill, helping the FTSE bookmaker undertake its new strategic direction whilst assisting with its corporate transformation plan and adoption of technology programs.Further to his appointment as a corporate advisor, 888 governance confirms that Summerfield will act as Chairman of the firm’s Audit Committee, working alongside non-executives Zvika Zivlin and Anne de Kerckhove.888 Holdings Chairman, Brian Mattingley commented: “With his extensive experience working with boards and audit committees of major listed companies, Mark brings a wealth of experience to 888. This will be of considerable benefit as the company continues to grow and pursue its strategic objectives. He will be a valuable addition to the board and the audit committee and I am delighted that he has agreed to join us.”last_img read more